Part 6: 百 千 万 円 本 買 高 安 新 古

: ヒャク

Meaning: hundred

Shape: + 白

  • The 2nd stroke goes towards lower left, not straight down.
  • Don't mix up with the upper part of .

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Word Reading Meaning Class
ひゃく hundred n

The pronunciation changes when it follows after particular numbers.

百<hyaku>, 二百<ni-hyaku>, 三百<san-byaku>, 四百<yon-hyaku>, 五百<go-hyaku>, 六百<rop-pyaku>, 七百<nana-hyaku>, 八百<hap-pyaku>, 九百<kyū-hyaku>

See numbers page for more details.

百[屋] やおや vegetable shop, green grocer n

: セン、

Meaning: thousand

  • The 1st stroke is drawn from the right to lower left.
  • The 1st stroke is shorter than the 2nd stroke.
  • Don't mix up with 干.
せん thousand n

The pronunciation changes when it follows after 三.

<sen>, 二<ni-sen>, 三<san-zen>, 四<yon-sen>, 五<go-sen>, 六<roku-sen>, 七<nana-sen>, 八<has-sen>, 九<kyū-sen>,

See numbers page for more details.

: バン、マン

Meaning: ten thousand

  • The 1st and the 3rd stroke are not crossed.
  • Tilt the 3rd stroke properly.
  • Don't mix up with 方.
まん ten thousand n

10,000 is 一万, not just 万.

一万<ichi-man>, 二万<ni-man>, 三万<san-man>, 四万<yon-man>, 五万<go-man>, 六万<roku-man>, 七万<nana-man>, 八万<hachi-man>, 九万<kyū-man>, 十万<jū-man>

See numbers page for more details.

[筆] まんねんひつ fountain pen n

: エン、まる(い)

Meaning: circle

  • No lines are crossed, just touching.
  • Create two equal squares in the upper area.
  • Don't mix up with 丹.
~円 えん _Yen (currency unit) n

百円<100 yen>, 五千円<5,000 yen>, 十五万円<150,000 yen>

円い まる round, circular i-adj

Another Kanji 丸い has the same reading and meaning. 丸い is used more often.

: ホン、もと

Meaning: book

Shape: +

  • Locate the last stroke at the right place.
  • The last stroke should not be too long.
ほん book n
~本 ほん counter for long, thin objects n

The pronunciation changes when it follows after particular numbers.

一本<ip-pon>, 二本<ni-hon>, 三本<san-bon>, 四本<yon-hon>, 五本<go-hon>, 六本<rop-pon>, 七本<nana-hon>, 八本<hap-pon>, 九本<kyū-hon>, 十本<jup-pon>

本[棚] ほんだな bookshelf n
ほん, にっぽん Japan n

There are two ways of reading - nihon and nippon. Both can mean Japan (name of a country).

There is no rule which should be used in which case. For the international sports games, nippon is usually used.

: バイ、か(う)

Meaning: to buy

Shape: + 貝

  • The upper part is like 四, but the inner two strokes are vertical straight lines.
  • The bottom part is 貝, not 見.
買う to buy, to purchase 1-v

本を買いました。 I bought a book.

買い[物] いもの shopping n

: コウたか、たか(い)、たか(まる)たか(める)

Meaning: high, tall, expensive

Shape: Symbolizing the shape of a tall building.

  • Maintain the balance of upper and lower parts.
  • Each element is close to each other, but there should be some space in between.
高い たか high, tall i-adj

ふじさんは、日本で一ばん高いです。 Mount Fuji is highest in Japan.

高い たか expensive i-adj

このカメラは、高いです。 This camera is expensive.

: アン、やす(い)

Meaning: easeful, untroubled, calm, inexpensive

Shape: Symbolizing a woman secured under the roof.

  • Upper part (first 3 strokes) is called u-kanmuri. It is like Katakana ウ.
  • The lower part is 女. Look closely how lines are crossed.
安い やす inexpensive, cheap i-adj

: シン、あたら(しい)、あら(た)にい

Meaning: new

Shape: 立 + + 斤

  • The left part is 立 + 木.
  • The last two strokes are not crossed.
新しい あたらしい new i-adj

: 、ふる(い)、ふる(す)

Meaning: old

Shape: + 口. Symbolizing the concept "old" by the shape of an ancestor's skull with decorations on the top.

  • Upper and lower parts are just touching.
  • Don't mix up with 吉.
古い ふる old i-adj

Unlike English, 古い is not used for living beings.

Correct: 古い本<old book>

Wrong: 古い人<old person>

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Writing Practice

Printable writing practice sheet is available at Kanji Writing Practice page.

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Stroke Order Rules (2)

writing rule sample juu

When lines are crossed, the horizontal line first, then the vertical line.

(There are some exceptions such as 五 and 九.)

writing rule sample hito

When diagonal lines are crossed or touched, the line to the left first, then the line to the right.

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Drill Exercise

Drill. A Drill. B Drill. C
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Kanji Master Drill

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